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McGuinty Government Creates Jobs With Infrastructure Investments

Ontario is supporting world-class researchers in Sudbury who are creating jobs while exploring topics ranging from the nature of the universe to improved treatments for alcohol addiction.

In total, the province is supporting 120 researchers at Laurentian University and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB). The researchers include:

  • Dr. Randy W. Dirszowsky, who is discovering new ways to assess and reduce soil erosion in Northern Ontario, an important step to improving land, air and water quality.

  • Dr. Annie Roy-Charland, who is developing a better understanding of how brain disorders like alcohol addiction affect learning patterns and skills development.

  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Shephard, who is developing the next generation of cost-effective, nano-sized devices that can perform a range of chemical and biological processes needed in medical and environmental industries.

  • Dr. Mark Boulay and Dr. Mark Chen, who are leading research related to dark matter - tiny particles that are key to understanding the nature of the universe. Their research team will use state-of-the-art technology 2,000 metres below ground to advance our understanding of how dark matter affects the universe.

Today's announcement is part of the Ontario Research Fund - Research Infrastructure program, which will support more than 3,300 researchers and help to create and preserve more than 1,300 construction jobs over the next four years across the province.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $9 million through the Ontario Research Fund to support Laurentian University and SNOLAB researchers.
  • To date, the Ministry of Research and Innovation has invested more than $14 million to support world-class researchers in Sudbury.
  • Between 2005 and 2008, Ontario investments in research and innovation leveraged $1.1 billion in new investment while helping advance the knowledge, skills and training of close to 30,000 individuals.

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“We're proud of the work that our researchers do and the wealth and jobs they create in Sudbury. Today's announcement will support the work of more than 120 researchers, highly skilled people who are helping keep bright ideas and good jobs right here in our community.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and MPP for Sudbury

“Our government is focussed on creating jobs today and tomorrow - and providing support for innovative people and innovative thinking. We are demonstrating, once again, that our government understands the value of science to improving our lives and our economy.”

John Milloy

Minister of Research and Innovation

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